Head of Emperor Constans (r. 337–50), Marble, Byzantine

Head of Emperor Constans (r. 337–50)

ca. 337–40
Overall: 10 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 in. (27 x 17.5 x 18.8 cm)
with base: 15 x 6 x 6 in. (38.1 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Base: 4 3/4 x 6 x 6 in. (12.1 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Diameter of Neck: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This classically styled, crowned head is probably that of Constans, the youngest of the four sons of Constantine the Great. Constans, a devout Christian, who initially ruled part of the western half of the Empire, gained all the west in 340. He defeated the Franks and was the last emperor to visit Britain. Constans was killed before he was thirty by the usurper Magnentius in 350.
Private Collection, Istanbul (in 1932); Dr. Wilhelm Fabricius, Bonn and Istanbul (from ca. 1932); by descent to his son, Wilhelm Fabricius, Bonn (sold 1967)
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